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Cuvee Delphine - De Struise Brouwers

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210 Reviews
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Reviews: 210
Hads: 601
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 228
Gots: 151 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009

This beer takes its name from Delphine Boël, the unlawful daughter of King Albert II. She has struggled for acknowledgment in both her professional and private lives, so we decided she deserves a tribute fit for a princess. Cuvée Delphine is our Black Albert, carefully matured on Four Roses bourbon barrels for 12 months. Mrs. Boël has kindly allowed us to use her artwork for its label, which speaks for itself.

In a sea of sickly sweet and heavy bourbon aged stouts, we wanted Cuvée Delphine to shine brightly as a pinnacle of balance and restraint. Only with a base beer as potent as Black Albert could we manage to make the aging process shine. Notes of oak and slight vanilla pair extraordinarily well with the familiar coffee and brown sugar notes from the Black Albert. The subdued alcohol ties it all together in a lush, mellow experience. Cuvée Delphine will set you free.
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Photo of largadeer
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nick3 shared this one a while back. Thanks, Nick.

Pours black with a massive tan head. Amazing retention and lacing, this is downright impressive to look at. Smoke, cherries and subtle bourbon are the first things I pick up on the nose. There's a tart fruity character, and a touch of alcohol. Tastes of chocolate-covered cherries, smoke, anise and roasted malt. Medium-full body, but the effervescence gives it a light mouthfeel. Smoke is surprisingly prominent mid-palate with an undercurrent of bourbon, and the finish exhibits some light roasty bitterness and lingering fruit flavors. I'm not always impressed with De Struise beers, but this is very good.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle 13,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a snifter.
2011 Vintage.

Thanks to Thijs for this one!

Appearance: Perfect! Cuvee Delphine appears obsidian in the glass, with a strong back light only able to reveal a micron of deep red along the edge of the glass. A rough pour yields a massive dark chocolate coloured head that lasts ridiculously well for a 13% BA beer and coats the glass in thick lacing as it slowly recedes.
A light swirl coats the glass in a yellow/brown residue that fades into light alcohol legs.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells fantastic! The Bourbon barrels are certainly noted, but they do not dominate the base beer like is usually the case. The initial nose offers deeply roasted malts, rich dark chocolate, some molasses and an overlay of vanilla-ery bourbon and sweet caramel. As the beer begins to warm, the nose opens up with notes of burned raisins, currants, dark caramel, a hint of char and a little liquorice.
Even at room temperature, there is virtually no alcohol noted in the nose.

Taste: Sadly the flavour isn't quite as good as the nose promised, primarily due to the fact that the barrel character is almost absent. That said, the base beer is still pretty damn delicious! Notes include: Heavily roasted malt, cocoa, a little espresso, char, burned raisins, molasses and a general dark fruity character. The finish is fairly bitter and there is no alcohol noted.

Mouthfeel: Initially the carbonation was of a medium-high level (usually too much for me), but was creamy enough that it was actually quite nice. The body is just shy of full and lightly sticky.

Overall: Another fantastic BA version of Black Albert and one I hope to have again soon!

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked the Cuvee Delphine as with most of Struise's beer and their crazy-ass experiments! I purchased a little less than a case straight from Carlo at the shop in Oostvleteren. Drank all the bottles by myself and with friends over the following few months.

A: Black, like all the other associated with the base that Struise uses. Nice thin brown head that quickly dissapates into a thick viscous pool.

S/T: Thick, burn with some alcohol, the distinct Struise taste (have to drink Struise beers regularly and eventually you can tell it is a Struise blindfolded!). Nice, bold, almost a sweet finish.

M: A bit harsh at first, smooths out nicely, silky, very rich.

O: Another fine Struise product...

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Photo of MasterSki
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyebrews for throwing me a couple bottles of this one. Served in an O'Hara's mini pint glass. Lot A, best before May 2014.

A - Huge dark tan foam on this one - even in the little glass there was like three fingers. Amazing retention and volume for a 13% beer; tons of sticky lacing too. Black, with a touch of red-brown at the fringes. Just an amazing looking beer.

S - This is not really what I was expecting from a barrel-aged Black Albert. There's the spicy Belgian-style yeast and candy sugar for sure, but then this unusual collection of vinous fruits, bourbon/vanilla notes, some nuttiness and cocoa, a touch of funk, and musty earthiness. The alcohol is actually better hidden than regular Black Albert. The only knock is that the smell doesn't explode out of the glass.

T - The taste is quite different, with licorice, vinous and dark fruits, and some roasted malts. The earthy funky flavors are a little more understated than in the smell, but still present. The bourbon influence is light, showing up at the back end with some sharp whiskey bite and woody tannins that linger well into the aftertaste. There's a surprising tartness that pops up as well.

M - The body is a little thinner than I expected, but with lower carbonation than Black Albert. The finish is dry with a touch of stickiness, and some nice alcohol warmth.

D - The 250ml serving size makes a lot of sense. Even though the alcohol is very well hidden the buzz creeps up pretty quickly. Still I feel a little sad that my glass is getting low - I'll have to get Urbain to send a few of these my way.

This is not at all what I expected when I heard they were barrel-aging Black Albert. I just expected the same beer with some bourbon, but this is quite a different animal and an unexpected surprise. I'm not sure if Four Roses barrels are more conducive to bugs, but there's something funky going on that makes this a unique treat.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near black opaque body with a thin, beige, oily collar. Aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, roast, chocolate covered raisins. Medium too thick body, palate coating. Delicious flavor, bourbon character is present but not overbearing, blending in to the beer harmoniously. Outstanding.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Matt (mtunnell) for this one. Super generous extra! Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter. 2009 vintage.

A: Standard pour yields a 1.5 finger robust, mocha head with excellent retention. Beer is expectedly opaque black. Lacing is stringy and spotty with poor stick.

S: Nose is boozy, with notes of cocoa, coffee, chocolate, toffee, and roasted malt. Alcohol presence is a bit too dominant here, to the point whereall the other aromas drop quickly into the background.

T: Beer opens sweet. Raisins, prunes, dates, and a slight coffee sourness. Background of soft booze and chocolate, almost like liquified fudge. Ends robust bitter chocolate with just a hint of caramel. Finish is sweet with a brownie aftertate.

M: Medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated. Very oily in the mouth and smooth going down. Really coats every surface of the palate. Finish is accented and aftertaste is messy and lingers.

D: This one definitely does not drink like a 13% beer. Goes down dangerously easily and is tasty as hell. Feel and look is pretty much spot on too. Hyped at one time, this beer is well worth the praise. An awesome representation of the style. Seek it out!!

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Photo of Docrock
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On- Tap at Sergios, served in a De Struise Tulip:

A - Absolutely Dark, dark mocha head that quickly died. Just a little lacing but what was there was very sticky.

S - Bourbon, cocoa nibs and a bit of roasted malt.

T - The bourbon, Cherry a touch of Vanilla and then some bitter chocolate.

M - Smooth, with a dry finish, minimal to no carbonation. A lingering chocolate finish.

O - A gem, as it warmed up ( served really cold ), the bourbon was more warming and the chocolate was lessened. Enjoyed it more and more as I progressed. This would be a great nightcap!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this at a recent tasting.

Poured a very, very dark brown with a nice creamy tan head. Pretty good retention. Smell was of roasted malt, fresh cherry, anise, a bit of barrels, molasses, and some dark fruits. Maybe a little bit of chocolate in there as well. The taste is quite nice, with a bit of roast acidity coming through atop the bourbon and chocolate flavors. Medium bodied with good carbonation and not too hot. A great drinking beer and one of the more unique stouts I've had in a while.

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Photo of hayesez
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Figured I'd have one more beer before calling it a night, and couldn't resist the Cuvee Delphine. I really do enjoy this beer....and I'm not really a fan of Black Albert - must be those Four Roses bourbon barrels!

Poured deep thick black into my Stone Imperial Russian Stout glass. Dark tan head that starts out extremely thick and remains throughout the entirety of this beer. Reminiscent of the big fluffy cap you would get on one of those frothy cappuccinos. Unfortunately, just a small amount of lacing.

Heavy chocolate is the primary aroma on this guy. A deep inhale definitely reveals some alcohol...but this guy is 13%! A little bit of sweet vanilla as well.

Starts off with a very sweet beginning - caramel perhaps. Much thinner than one would anticipate based on the pour. Low carbonation. The alcohol in this bottle is more pronounced than I remember in the first couple that I had. Has a roasty taste that becomes more apparent several moments after I've swallowed. I've never used "chocolate-covered" something in a description before, but this almost has that chocolate candy, deep fruit taste. Maybe cherries...I don't really know, but it is a very interesting mix of the chocolate and sweet. Ok, I'm going with the chocolate covered cherries. Very appealing as it provides a smooth drink that pleases the palate start to finish. The alcohol is a bit harsher than I like, but still very enjoyable. Provides a finish that is sweet but lingers around long enough to reduce to a pleasant bitter...excellent!

Overall, I am very pleased with this beer. It's a tiny bottle, but delivers in every aspect. Too bad it is so difficult to get. I definitely recommend letting this one sit out for a bit before drinking...the closer to room temp, the better!

Consumed: 2/8/2008 (early, early morning)

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2009 variation marked best before 7-15-2015, poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A: It pours a deep dark menacing black that is completely opaque. There is a hefty two finger tan head that hangs on for a long time and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: The nose is full of oak, whiskey and dark fruits. A tinge of apples cuts through as well with a tip of the hat to the house yeast.

T: A menacingly full bodied profile that just makes a man weep. There is a perfect balance between the barrels and booze. The yeast supplies a brief respite from the heavy flavors with a tinge of fruitiness, amazing to say the least. It finishes on a bitter sweet chocolate note rather dry.

M: Big, tough, and sticky. One of the best mouth feels I have come across.

O: I would rate this one of the better stouts I have tasted. Luckily I dodged infection, and I have some extras to cellar. Seek this one out.

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Photo of thepeter
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick, black, oily and heavy. Finger head and spotty, thick lacing. Smells mostly of Oak, Vanilla and alcohol. . .very bourbonesque! Taste is similar to the smell with a bit more dark chocolate and coffee in there along with the Belgian yeasts, a nice woody dryness. Aftertaste is a bit clingy. A heavy beer that is almost soft on the palate. . .or at least Smooth! Carbonation is perfect and feels like a dream in your mouth, but not that kind of dream! Get your mind out of the gutter!! Overall a great beer, one of my favorites from Struise.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, totally unexpected!! I'm really going to enjoy this one but it's not what I typically think of as a RIS. It comes across much more as a Belgian Strong Dark to me. Pours opaque with a HUGE stiff light tan head of tiny bubbles that fades slowly leaving stringy sheets of Belgian lacing. The smell is big on raisins and Belgian yeast. The mouth feel is highly effervescent; the tiny bubbles adding a smoothness to the texture. Full flavored, the raisin, yeast and chocolate tastes are intense and reveal more roasted malt as it warms. The 13% ABV is really well integrated... there's some warmth there, but wouldn't have guessed it to be that high. Many thanks to koopa for the opportunity to consider this one!

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter/tulip glass. Vintage 2009. Pours a pitch black...the way I like it...with absolutely no light what-so-ever shining through! Very murky and solid black. A massive tannish head forms providing excelent long lasting lacing. Amoungst the head retention, the appearance is super creamy looking...and I can't wait to get started!

Aroma is roasted for sure! Roasted coffee beans, burnt chocolate, mild fruit, and booze, loads of malts!

Flavor is wonderful! Tons of chocolate and malts. The barrel aging makes the booze really noticeable, yet very smooth at the same time. A nice array of fruits are present in the back, plum perhaps?? Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Big booze notes...and a decent drinker...yet thickness makes it a little bit of a slower drinker. A very tasty and great stout!!

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very well balanced with no alcohol on the nose or palate. Dangerous at 13%. The bourbon barrel aging adds a great smoothness and complexity without being overpowing. Nose is as if sour cherries had stinky feet. I would describe this as a cross between a RIS and a quad. Delicious.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dated 09/2014. Pours black with a large-sized brown pillowy head. Smells of bourbon, coffee, roasted malts, and cocoa. Taste follows with heavy coffee/bourbon with some roasted malts/cocoa; somewhat yeasty. Medium-low body and high carbonation. Great mouthfeel once some of the carbonation is knocked out. Overall, this is a great BA RIS; lots of coffee flavor and balance, but the carbonation is high for the style.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a half finger light brown head that dissipates slowly leaving patches and light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, light chocolate and vanilla, Belgian yeast with mild dark fruit elements, lightly spicy. Flavor is dark toasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fresh fruit, Belgian yeast, licorice and a hint of bourbon. Finishes with an excellent balance of dark fruit and rich chocolate malt. Excellent creamy body with good carbonation and mouthfeel. The arrival of any new De Struise into my area is welcome and especially a stout. I had high expectations which were completely satisfied. I wish I had had the chance to have tried Black Albert, but this makes me look forward to that opportunity. This has the classic Belgian yeast profile of melding dark malt with dark fruit flavors without sourness. Very nicely integrated and balanced. Dark malts blending into a creamy mouth feel and finishing with malt and Belgian yeast dark fruit was a great flavor progression. The bourbon infuence was quite subtle, but I didn't feel that I needed any other flavors to enjoy this. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25cl bottle into a snifter. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Best Before: M/2014

Review # 1000!

A: Pours a viscous black with a dark mocha colored head. Retention is good, but no lace is left behind. When swirled, this has legs.

S: Strong aromas of dark fruit, tangy cherry, dark chocolate, char, bourbon, and heavily roasted malt.

T: See above. Loads of tangy fruit, burnt barrel, bourbon, tobacco, and blackened malt.

M: When first poured, it seemed pretty thin, but quickly got thick and smooth and pretty dry. Tangy astringent finish.

D: I was astonished that this is packing 13%! Virtually no trace of alcohol to be found. How did they hide it so well? Awesome!

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Photo of stakem
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken on 11/12/10.

Vintage '09 poured into a mini snifter. This brew looks a dark brown to black color with a very dark brown cap of head. As the head recedes, it leaves a patchy almost leggy appearance of lace clinging to the glass. A light swirl revives the head to a finger's strength. There is some fair clarity and lighter brown coloration shown around the edges of the brew.

The aroma of this offering has chocolate and coffee being imparted by the dark roastiness of the grain. There is a light vinous quality present but overall there is a surprisingly sweet smelling scent of cocoa along with some minor indications of vanilla and some oak qualities.

The taste has a roasted bitter dark grain flavor that lasts inside the mouth. Some bitterness comes through from the hops not just the bitterness due to the roast of the grain. A light vinous quality deepens the flavor of this brew and mingles well with the presence of the alcohol. Some dry oaked flavoring comes out as the brew warms.

This brew leaves a very pleasant dark burnt grain flavor inside the mouth. It is medium to full bodied with a light level of carbonation. Super drinkable. The whiskey barrel contribution imparts a bit of a twang to the alcohol character but overall it actually mellows out the brew overall. The barrel contribution here is not bold and painfully obvious, it is subtle which takes an already fabulous brew to a whole new level.

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Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured into a snifter a nice oily black hue with a one finger mocha head that left a ton of side lacing. Very nice.

S - Aromas of chocolate galore, bakers, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, nice roast malts, lightly smokey, inviting.

T - Taste is super chocolate, intense intense rich chocolate, bakers, powder, nibs, dark and strong. Very nice lightly sweet malts, soft roast. Faint Belgian notes, this is just super chocolate though...delicious. some light alcohol but for the most part this didn't drink anywhere near the ABV.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely creamy, light carbonation. Dangerously drinkable.

O - Overall this beer was very tasty, tons of chocolate with a great Mouthfeel. Awesome.

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Photo of STEG
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09 Vintage, Batch 0 base room temperature, snifter.

Pours pitch black but with larger bubbles on its slightly lighter colored head than its non Barrel Aged brethren. The head's a bit rockier too.

Smell is very light on the bourbon, with some nice milk chocolate and light coffee smells, some caramel and vanilla can be found if you look hard enough. Very restrained given the strength and the style but well done.

Taste at the front has vanilla, bourbon, raisin, and dark chocolate which mellows out to bittersweet chocolate as it fades. it has some heat at the back with a nice smoky aftertaste. Alcohol Heat is present at the back.

Mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy, but not as creamy as BA but has some definite heat present at various stages.

Drinkability takes a hit from the heat but its very well restrained for its ABV and the taste/smell makes up for it

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Photo of muttyd
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Chris (bearsonacid) for sharing this bottle.

Pitch black beer with a tan foamy head. Coats the glass like motor oil. The bottle was poured pretty cold, so it took some time for the aroma to open up. Roasted malt, bourbon, and cocoa in the nose. Flavor follows the nose. Dark chocolate immediately assaults (in a good way) the palate. Very roasty with a big bourbon barrel finish. This 13% ABV stout creates some warming alcohol notes, but remains very drinkable. This beer is absolutely phenomenal.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Found this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a 25cl bottle into a snifter.

Note: Black Albert aged in bourbon barrels.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small half finger medium looking deep tan head with good retention. Black with medium carbonation evident. The head retains surprisingly well, and slowly fades to a nice wisp and a thick ring around the edges. The wisp and ring remain for the entire ride but leave no lacing down the sides. Looks great, but just needs a little lacing to stick.

SMELL: Roasted malts, dark fruits and berries, alongside some black licorice. Some hints of bourbon from the barrel aging, but it is subtle and very complimentary. A very nice nose that works well together.

TASTE: Much like the above. Roasted and charred malts with some dark fruits up front. Black licorice and spicy yeast through the middle into a spicy alcohol finish. Some nice subtle hints of bourbon that mesh well with the entire brew. Ends with a strong and long lasting aftertaste of bitter hops, chocolate and coffee, which weren't evident in the nose, and some nice bourbon notes. Just great.

PALATE: Medium body, though a little light on the palate. Creamy, goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness on the palate. Could use a little more weight I think.

OVERALL: A great barrel aged RIS. Black Albert is good as it is, but the barrel aging has added a new dimension to an already great beer. Unlike some other bourbon barrel aged stouts, the whisky notes don't overwhelm and dominate the brew. The barrels have left subtle notes here and there that lend character to the brew, working together with the already superb taste profile that is Black Albert. One to check out if you can.

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Photo of jlindros
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Somehow never got around to reviewing this beer. Also been sitting in my beer fridge for years and finally took my randomizer (5 year old son) to pick it for me. GOod time to drink this too, beginning of a big snow storm, very cold single digit temps outside.

2009 Vintage.

Still makes a nice pssstttt sound as I pop the cap, good sign, then pours a nice black mocha colored fizzy head that hits a 1/4 of a finger or so but seems to stick around nicely, nice lacing on the glass and legs like the Patriot cheerleaders, as I pour nice little balls of delicious looking liquid dance around the top, like they are just partying themselves with the beer underneath, like little sprites inviting me to delve in deeper. The head eventually settles to a nice foamy island like froth over the super pitch black light absorbing beer.

Nose is like pure black, almost as if the black hole is pulling aromas from my own nose rather than the reverse, but when I get aromas it's black malt city, lots of black malt, with roast up the wazoo, but thankfully not acrid anymore, seems like it was at one point but the various aging process seems to have taken that edge off. Roast with some earthy coffee, into dark chocolate and cocoooa so dark it has a few extra 'o's on it, which seems to mingle with a nice fudge and even fluffy nougat. Rounding all that is a nice somewhat subtle but definite character of barrel, a little vanilla character from the barrel, hint of char as well, and nice bourbon sweetness. It also seems to have an inherent earthiness to it.

Taste starts with, well hard to say what actually starts, like a myriad of different great flavors bombarding my tongue and flooding every nook and cranny of my mouth. Thick and luscious, little creamy and velvety even, with some warming booze, a little booze tingle even, very slightly fusel but not that much. Malts are the key flavor again, black malt and more black malts. Some roast again, with a touch of an acrid flavor but again seems like most of that edge has long been mellowed. Then into more cocoa, super dark bitter baker's chocolate, a mild creamy flavor brings more of a semi sweet cocoa, and some mild coffee with the roast. Again rounding off all that is a mild vanilla barrel character, less than i expected, with just a hint of bourbon. The chocolate gets almost explosive and rich the longer it sits on my tongue, as it seems to find more and more ways to get through the layers of my tongue into the lower taste buds that are usually left in the dust. Finish is drier with a little sticky feel, but not nearly as syrupy or sticky as I expected, with a bit more bitterness on the finish, lots of dark chocolate and cocoa again, a little roast and coffee as well, and mild Kahlua like flavor with some lingering booze.

Mouth is super rich, heavy bodied, little creamy and velvety, slightly syrupy, with some warming slightly tingly alcohol but not really 13% like.

Overall fantastic, a great beer with awesome dark malts, chocolate and cocoa, and mild barrel characters, the roast edge has been rounded between thebarrel and many years of aging, and the alcohol has been quite tamed. Very drinkable and glad I can cellar a few of them.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Littleb for the great trade.

a - Opened the bottle (vintage 2009) and filled my southampton ris snifter. Deep and thick with a generous creamy tan head with nice bubbling in the head. Head hung around a while and swirling the glass left thick milkshake like lacing that slowly slid back down to the surface of the brew.

s - The time in the four roses barrels did the black albert some good. There is a nice woody overtone that smooths out everything. The bourbon notes are subtle and overtake the smell of black albert.

t - Big roasty chocolate malts and a touch of barrel wood. The heaven hill barrels are an improvement on the base beer (which is a tasty beer in it's own right). The wood is subtle and an excellent compliment.

m - Holy smoothness de struise-man! This is a big and bold beer, but an easy drinker. The booziness tingles, but is hidden.

o - Overall, this is an easy drinking beer. A bit heavy, but beyond that really amazing beer. I just wish these were easier to come by around these parts since I'm really loving everything I've tried from this brewery.

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Photo of Dope
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle states "vintage 2012" but has a 09/2014 bottling date on the other side of the same label. *shrug*

A: Pitch-black pour with a tall, very dense and very dark brown head. Impressive head retention. Almost no lacing, however.

S: Light on the bourbon, heavy on the roasted malt. Lots of charry notes with semisweet chocolate.

T: Whoa. Heavenly smooth caramel from the bourbon up front. Cannot overstate how smooth it is. Liquid silk smooth. WOW. Sweet chocolate kicks in with a bit of an earthy, charry character at the same time, into the middle. Finish is more of a lightly bitter, charry essence with hints of oak. Just a hint of cherry in there, oddly enough.

M: Heavy, ultra smooth and silky. Mouth-coating goodness. Great mouthfeel.

O: Damn. Unique and interesting barrel aged belgian stout. I'm not even a huge fan of black albert. The smooth bourbon presence is silkier than any I've ever had. Any. No booziness at all. Drinks so easily. A little bit more char than I like but I'll put up with it, the rest of this beer is sublime. The mouthfeel makes this the most drinkable 11% stout I've ever had. Wow.

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Cuvee Delphine from De Struise Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.